O for a thousand tongues to sing.

The Lambeth Conference Reader, which Ruth Gledhill said had some very strong passages about people who didn’t come to the conference, is finally available. The quotes she had made in her article were indeed, as Episcopal Life noted in reposting her Times report, from a report from the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrine Commission on the nature of the episcopate, which is reproduced on the first few pages of the reader.


I am sure that some of the Facebook people on the “I’m fed up with bad liturgical music” group will be unhappy that one of the songs sung at the Lambeth Conference opening Eucharist was Marty Haugen’s “All Are Welcome.” And of course, certain people will be saying not-so-good things about the choice of the song, given its lyrics:

Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God’s face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:
           All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

(“All Are Welcome,” Marty Haugen. Published by GIA Publications, Chicago, IL.)

All I can say is, this should apply to Christians of whatever shade—because the message of the whole song has an implicit appeal for Christian unity in it. That’s where my liberal streak comes out…


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